The Best Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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You can purchase coffee ice cream at the store. This is true. All you need to do is walk into any local grocery store or even gas station, grab a tub of your preferred brand out of the frozen food section, and pay at the register. As convenient as this quick series of actions may seem, it encourages us to stay dependent on others and discourages us from trying to make things for ourselves, food or otherwise. The laziness that has become an almost universal epidemic which disillusions us to believe that putting forth any more effort than this process would be not only be an inconvenience, but something we may not even be capable of. Regrettably, many members of society are missing out, both in terms of character-building and in terms of significantly improved ice cream taste. Stand up to the trend of laziness and give this coffee ice cream recipe a try!

While it would be impossible to make any homemade food item as quickly as you could purchase the same item at the store, homemade recipes do not need to be difficult. The below coffee ice cream recipes are easy and do not require an extreme investment of time or money. You need no previous skills or experience in order to make these recipes, only a willingness to try. The simple nature of these recipes also makes it extremely difficult to mess up this process. Follow the below steps and prepare your appetite for this delicious coffee ice cream recipe!

Before you start making your homemade coffee ice cream, you have to make one decision: Do you want to make the semi-homemade or completely homemade version? The former requires a shorter time commitment, less equipment, and a smaller amount of general effort. But, as it is only partially homemade, you will not gain the complete experience, particularly in regard to taste but also in regard to the overall process. The semi-homemade version serves as a reasonable option for someone following a coffee ice cream recipe for the first time. The latter version will be slightly more challenging, but more due to the various elements and longer list of steps that to any degree of skill.

Semi-Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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For the semi-homemade coffee ice cream recipe, the homemade portion will be the coffee flavoring. You will then add this flavoring to a vanilla ice cream base. This recipe could serve as an initial step in your homemade ice cream journey or as a solution to your craving for coffee ice cream when you only have vanilla.

Coffee Flavoring Recipe:

Creating the coffee flavoring can be as easy or involved as you want it to be. You need only to brew one cup of a coffee of your choice. For the least effort, use 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to which you add 1 cup of boiling water. But for the freshest product, buy the coffee beans whole and grind them yourself before brewing in a coffee machine or French press. By going the latter route, you can save any leftover coffee grounds as a garnish or for extra texture in your coffee ice cream.

After making your cup of coffee, place in the refrigerator until it cools. You should wait at least until it is room temperature, but the colder the better. Resist the temptation to place the coffee in the freezer or put ice cubes in it. You could easily forget about the cup in the freezer and it will become useless in a frozen state. Ice cubes dilute the coffee mixture and will make the coffee flavoring too weak. You could make extra coffee in the morning and place what you do not drink in the refrigerator to use later in your ice cream.

Once the cup of coffee is cooled, dish your desired portion of vanilla ice cream into a bowl. Drizzle the coffee on top, adding in incremental amounts. Add several tablespoons, mix with a spoon, and repeat until the color becomes a light tan. Taste test the ice cream and add more accordingly until the coffee flavoring is as strong as you desire. You can always add more coffee, so start with less than you would expect and add more only if necessary. You can also complete this same process in a blender for a more soft-serve result. A blender may also be necessary if the ice cream is extremely frozen and difficult to stir manually with a spoon. Once mixed, garnish with leftover coffee grounds or any other toppings.

This semi-homemade recipe is very easy; the only requirement is a small dose of patience or forethought. Even this extremely simple process can be made as effortless or involved as you desire — from using instant coffee to brewing fresh from a French press, from mixing with a spoon to utilizing a blender. But, as mentioned before, the greater the time or effort commitment, the more delicious your coffee ice cream recipe.

Completely Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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For the complete homemade ice cream experience, you will need to assemble an ice cream maker and the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/8 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 6 egg yolks

Once you gather these ingredients, you are ready to begin:

  1. Grab a medium saucepan and place on the stovetop on medium heat. Add the cup of cream, cup of milk, and 3/8 cup of granulated sugar.
  2. Whisk until well-mixed, then allow to reach a soft boil. Leave uncovered and stir frequently.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.
  4. Grab a medium bowl. Separate the six eggs and place the egg yolks into the medium bowl (throw away the egg whites).
  5. Whisk the eggs until the yolks are broken and the mixture is a fairly solid yellow color.
  6. Slowly add the egg mixture into the cream mixture from the saucepan. Whisk as you carefully pour the mixtures together.
  7. Return the saucepan to the stovetop and cook over low heat.
  8. Stir frequently until the mixture thickens. This will take about five minutes, then the mixture will be thick enough to coat a spoon and reach about 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Remove from the heat. Pour through a fine strainer into a heat resistant container.
  10. Cover the container with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for any time between 30 minutes and two hours.
  11. After two hours, pour the mixture from the container into an ice cream machine.
  12. Follow the directions provided by your particular ice cream machine. (Typically, this process simply requires you to allow the ice cream to mix for about 30 minutes.)
  13. Once mixed for the allotted time period, you can eat immediately or place in the freezer to harden further. This decision is solely based on preference regarding the texture of your ice cream.

This completely homemade coffee ice cream recipe may be slightly more involved, but the resulting product is worth the time commitment. As long as you have the proper tools, you should give this recipe a shot. You may be surprised by how easy and satisfying making your own homemade ice cream really is!

Alternative Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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The possibilities of making your own ice cream are endless. As you become more familiar with the above recipes, you can begin to innovate. Innovation may come in the form of varying flavors or toppings, but it can also manifest in substitution. You can experiment by making substitutions for certain ingredients you want to avoid due to allergies or dietary reasons. As an example, provided below is an alternative coffee ice cream recipe made with no eggs.

For this recipe, the process will be similar to the above “Completely Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe” but with just slightly different ingredients and steps:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/8 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Due to the lack of eggs, you do not need to heat up any of the ingredients in a saucepan beforehand. Therefore, this alternative recipe is slightly more simple, but you will have to decide which flavor you prefer.

  1. Mix the 1/2 cup of milk and 3/8 cup of sugar with a whisk or blender in a medium bowl.
  2. As the sugar begins to dissolve, add the 1 tablespoon of instant coffee, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of heavy cream.
  3. Once the ingredients are well-combined, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or more.
  4. Follow the directions provided by the ice cream machine, typically requiring you to wait about 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer the ice cream to a container. Place in the freezer to harden further or eat immediately.

No matter which recipe you choose — from the semi-homemade to the completely homemade to any alternative recipes — trying a coffee ice cream recipe helps you to take a stance against the laziness that runs rampant in modern society and gives you an opportunity to stretch yourself. To varying degrees, these recipes are extremely simple and difficult to mess up. So next time you crave coffee ice cream, instead of grabbing a tub from the gas station, select the ingredients necessary to make your own homemade version and enjoy!

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